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Unread 05-31-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
JoeyChop
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Steering Stabilizer Bolt Stuck

Im replacing my steering stabilizer on my 1996 ZJ and I got the bolt that goes through the track bar out however Im having trouble with the bolt on the passenger side by the spring. I have sprayed and sprayed it with WD 40 I know PB Blaster is better but I dont have any and the stabilizer is half off. Any tricks to getting this bolt loose. I have a ratchet with socket on the nut side propped against the spring to hold it in place and im trying to loosen the bolt head with an adjustable 12" wrench but cant get it to budge. Any tips??

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Unread 05-31-2013, 12:16 PM   #2
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I used a pitman arm puller or a similar puller. Left it on over night with pb blaster and the next morning I cranked the puller on tighter then whacked it with a hammer and it came flying out like a bullet and struck the oil pan.

It's a tapered bolt so you can try beating the fat area where the stud goes through to try and break it loose. Don't hammer on it too hard and mess up the tie rod.
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Unread 05-31-2013, 12:26 PM   #3
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I got that bolt out no problem its the bolt by the spring on the passenger side that I can't budge
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Unread 05-31-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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It's just a regular bolt. I mean that it's not captured or welded to the axle or anything. You should be able to just unscrew the nut. IMS though the torque on it is pretty high and its an interference thread nut. I don't think your 12" adjustable wrench is going to get it off and will probably just round off the nut. Go grab a box end wrench to hold the bolt and use your breaker bar on the nut. Worst case scenario is the nut is rusted solid and you end up breaking it. Just did this a couple weeks ago and it's fresh in my mind.
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Unread 05-31-2013, 02:02 PM   #5
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Don't waste time. Cut it.
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Unread 06-01-2013, 08:58 AM   #6
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I had a issue with my bolt for the longest time and I finally said screw it and took a bfh and beat the hell out of it till it flew off
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Unread 06-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
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I had to cut it.
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